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How Far Can Epidemiology Take Us in Finding the Cause of Multiple Sclerosis


This monograph is part of our annual Whitaker Memorial Lecture series. The 2013 lecture was given by John Kurtzke MD, FACP, FAAN. His presentation summarizes the major findings on the epidemiology of multiple sclerosis (MS) over the last century, with a focus on the work from John’s long and distinguished research career. In the text and slides, John meticulously leads us through the population-based studies that point to an infection as the underlying cause for MS.

To request a hard copy of the 2013 Whitaker Lecture transcript and slides, please contact the VA MSCoE-East at 410-605-7000 x7480, or email Angela Young at or FAX: 410.605.7906.

Kurtzke Monograph